Your Charitable Self: Love Your Libraries

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The Williamson County Library Foundation has supported the library since 1948. They help to enhance programs and services at the main library in Franklin, as well as the branches in Bethesda, College Grove, Fairview, Leiper’s Fork and Nolensville. Recently, the Foundation has focused on supporting children’s programs, including the Summer Reading initiatives.

The Foundation supports the ever-evolving nature of libraries. The Williamson County libraries are changing to meet today’s expectations – supporting the need for gathering spaces at the library for collaboration and study, and growing the digital resources and capabilities. The libraries consist of books. . . and much more.

The six public libraries in Bethesda, College Grove, Fairview, Franklin, Leiper’s Fork and Nolensville, are community centerpieces, especially for children in Williamson County. For example, since the opening of the Franklin library in 2003, there have been nearly 400,000 visits by children – for programs, resources, activities as well as for checkouts. The varied resources offered in our libraries, all free of charge, are for residents from all walks of life.

Today’s library patrons are looking for much more than books on shelves, and the Williamson County Public Library system strives to meet these needs. Donations to the Williamson County Library Foundation can go above and beyond the basics to ensure that a place of learning, discovery, and success will always be available to each and every Williamson County resident, at all of the library branches.

The Williamson County Library Foundation is holding its first ever fundraising event in support of the Williamson County Public Libraries on October 19th at the new Williamson County Enrichment Center – just next door to the library. They are hoping to raise $30,000 to purchase two rolling carts of sixteen laptop computers each for use in the libraries.

The proceeds from this year’s event, “Technology on the Go,” will be used for laptops to provide students with additional resources to enhance their education and learning. Many of the library users come from lesser-advantaged backgrounds, and these resources are not readily available to them at their homes.

These items will be purchased for the library system:
-Two portable storage carts.
-Thirty-two laptop computers each with Microsoft Office, Adobe programs package and access to the library’s catalog system.

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